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    DEP Accepting Applications for the 2016 Small Business Advantage Grants

    7/26/2016
    With more than 900,000 small businesses in this Commonwealth, a well-designed energy efficiency or pollution prevention project can help small businesses cut operating costs and complement the economy, while simultaneously protecting the environment.

    The grants provide funding to projects that include auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks, HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems and waste recycling systems.

    Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be located in Pennsylvania. Eligible projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses.

    Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 25, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

    Last year, DEP awarded 151 grants totaling nearly $1 million to Pennsylvania businesses to support pollution prevention and energy efficient upgrades, spurring more than $2.9 million in private investment.

    The grant program is funded by the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, which is financed by the PA Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and Act 13 Impact Fee as well as the hazardous waste transportation and management fees, and hazardous sites cost recovery.

    Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted until fiscal year 2016-17 funds are exhausted or April 14, 2017, whichever occurs first.

    Applications are available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office Site. Applicants are advised to carefully review the guidance document, which has been updated and is also available on the DEP eLibrary.

    Applications must be mailed to DEP’s Grants Center, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776 or hand delivered to the center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Faxed or electronic submissions will not be accepted.

    To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.
  • Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0400

    AREA CHURCH SERVICES

    Indiana County area churches are grouped by communities, which appear in alphabetical order.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:34:00 -0400

    Roads remain closed following flooding

    As a second straight day of storms dumped more rain on the Indiana County area, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported several county highways and roads remain closed because of weather-related problems.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:59:00 -0400

    INSIDE INDIANA: Anniversary, spaghetti dinner, corn, etc.

    The public is invited to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Loyalhanna Dam at Loyalhanna Lake, 440 Loyalhanna Dam Road, near Saltsburg.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:58:00 -0400

    HOMER-CENTER: School budget won't raise taxes

    CENTER TOWNSHIP — The school board and administration at Homer-Center School District have produced a budget for the new school year that holds the line on property tax but shaves personnel costs to help make ends meet.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:48:00 -0400

    Folk festival seeks vendors

    The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, which will celebrate its fifth year of bringing art, free live music and entertaining, educational programming to Indiana’s downtown, is seeking vendors for the event Sept. 9 and 10.
  • Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:02:00 -0400

    PHOTO GALLERY: 'Training' storms roar through county, inundate area roads

    A series of thunderstorms drew a bead on Indiana County this afternoon causing widespread flooding that closed many area roadways.
  • Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:00:00 -0400

    Enter to Win: A Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway

    This month, our sister travel publication Recreation News is giving a way a two-night Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway for two.
  • Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:58:00 -0400

    Burrell Township supervisors vote against changes to public water-hookup ordinance

    BLACK LICK — The Burrell Township board of supervisors on Wednesday rejected proposed changes to the law that requires property owners to be connected to publicly funded water service systems in the township.
  • Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:57:00 -0400

    United directors approve new budget that holds the line on taxes

    EAST WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP — Residents of United School District will not see a tax increase under a final budget passed Wednesday for the coming school year.
  • Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:56:00 -0400

    $600,000 lottery ticket sold at Blairsville store

    A lucky customer is $600,000 richer after buying a winning Cash 5 lottery ticket at Watts Tobacco Outlet, 44 W. Market St., Blairsville.
  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:10 +0000

    Second Annual 50 Women Owned Businesses to Follow

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    By Spencer Myers
    Editor

    Multiple academic studies, along with heaps of personal experiences, have shown that in business settings men not only talk more than women, but also tend to more frequently interrupt their female peers.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:14 +0000

    Resolution aims to increase number of women serving on boards, leadership roles

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    Halie Kines
    Industry Reporter

    On April 26, a resolution was passed that urges all nonprofit institutions, public and private companies doing business in Pennsylvania to have a minimum of 30 percent women directors by the end of the year 2020. This was passed with a unanimous vote of 189-0.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:15 +0000

    Marakae Marketing Inc.

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    Maria Bernardo Brady envisioned Marakae Marketing in 1996 to achieve her goals of a rewarding career while enjoying motherhood. Marakae is pronounced Ma (short “a”), Ra (long “a”) and Kae (long “a”) and is a name formed by the first syllables in Maria’s name along with her daughters’ names, Rachael and Kailey.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:16 +0000

    Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Inc.

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    Benzel’s has specialized in the production of pretzel products for well over 100 years. Adolph Benzel, the grandfather of current president, Ann Benzel’s, husband, started the company after emigrating from Germany.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:17 +0000

    The Sargent’s Group

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    The Sargent’s Group, Inc. was founded in 1980 by Sara “Sally” Sargent and consists of three sister companies: Sargent’s Court Reporting, Inc., Sargent’s Transcription Service, Inc. (STS) and Sargent’s Personnel Agency, Inc. (SPA).

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:19 +0000

    Swisher Concrete Products, Inc.

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    Since 1990, Swisher Concrete Products, Inc. has continued to grow by acquiring updated manufacturing equipment, trucks, etc. as well as maintaining a core group of employees that have made it all possible.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:19 +0000

    Blair Insurance Services, Inc.

    Divorced with three young kids and equipped with five years of insurance experience and three years of investment experience, Bonnie Hand started Blair Insurance Services, Inc. Blair Insurance Services grew to have two offices in Altoona and Pittsburgh. Blair Insurance Services offers business insurance, group health, life insurance, annuities and bonding.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:21 +0000

    Margaret Sams Consulting

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    Established in 2006, Margaret Sams Consulting (MSC) has done environmental studies for hundreds of public and private projects throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, within a wide variety of environmental contexts.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:22 +0000

    Yoga Dear

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    Yoga Dear believes that yoga is so much more than fancy yoga poses. They’re a vibrant community of friends and family, who practice together and believe in the power of yoga to strengthen the body, invigorate the mind and ignite the spirit.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:24 +0000

    Roberta Binder Heath, LL C

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    Robin Binder opened Roberta Binder Heath, LLC. in 2010, a firm that concentrates on school law, business law, employment law and labor relations, commercial and general civil litigation, civil rights and construction litigation. Binder also teaches as an adjunct professor of business law at Juniata College, a position she has held since 1999.

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  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:35:29 +0000

    Sources: Buyer on tap for Cherrington, Foster Plaza

    Rugby Realty Co. Inc. working to buy 15-building collection on the Parkway West.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:09:34 +0000

    Jewish Healthcare Foundation spearheading women's health care initiative

    The launch will coincide with a "Big Idea Challenge" for health care organizations with ideas for improving women's health.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:07:30 +0000

    Pitt breaks patent record — again

    Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are having a banner year, receiving 92 patents in the fiscal year. That's already ahead of the previous record of 80 that occurred in 2016, according to a news release from the University of Pittsburgh. The fiscal year ends June 30. It's part of Pitt's renewed focus on entrepreneurship and innovation; Pitt was No. 27 among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents for 2016 list. “The growing culture of innovation and entrepreneurship…
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:36:51 +0000

    K&L Gates closing Anchorage office

    Only Pittsburgh-based firm with Alaska office pulling the plug on site after 10 years.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:31:30 +0000

    United Steelworkers warn about Chinese imports of aluminum

    United Steelworkers International warned that the United States’ capacity in aluminum manufacturing is being threatened by unfair foreign imports. USW were among the organizations and companies that testified earlier this week at a U.S. Department of Commerce hearing in Washington, D.C., into the ongoing Section 232 investigation on the effect of foreign imports on the domestic aluminum industry. A similar investigation is also ongoing into the impact of foreign imports on the steel industry. A…
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:31:14 +0000

    Community Bank opening operations center

    Bank relocating 70 employees throughout July to Waynesburg facility.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:01:13 +0000

    Mountain Valley Pipeline receives environmental impact statement

    The Mountain Valley Pipeline has received its final environmental review ahead of a vote on the 304-mile project carrying Marcellus Shale natural gas through West Virginia and Virginia. The environmental assessment was released Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates interstate pipeline construction. The pipeline, which will have the capacity of 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, is co-owned by Pittsburgh-based EQT Midstream Partners (NYSE: EQM). It has…
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:31:55 +0000

    PNC stress test results top regulators' minimums

    PNC Financial Services Group Inc. is capitalized strongly enough to withstand a severe hypothetical economic downturn in a worst-case scenario regulators sketched for the nation’s largest financial institutions. Pittsburgh’s largest bank released the results of its annual company-run stress test required of financial institutions to show they have sufficient capital on hand to absorb losses and support operations under extreme circumstances. The test was conducted in accordance with regulations…
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:55:41 +0000

    Shareholders reject Mylan's pay plan but vote in board nominees

    Shareholders from Mylan NV turned thumbs down at the generic pharmaceutical company's executive payment plan but approved the company's slate of board members. Bloomberg reported that a majority of the shareholders voted against the plan, which drew fire from some due to a $97.6 million package for Executive Chairman Robert Coury. But the board nominees were approved during the annual meeting, which was held Thursday afternoon in Amsterdam. Mylan (Nasdaq: MYL) is run out of its corporate offices…
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:53:32 +0000

    Boomers are pumping up prices — and rents — for vacation homes. Here's where Pittsburgh stacks up.

    There are opportunities to be had for people looking to invest in a vacation home – especially for those looking to rent the place out when they’re not using it. But investors should move sooner rather than later, analysts say. Between the booming stock market and the nation's shortage in housing inventory, demand for vacation homes is expected to increase. A recent report by the National Association of Realtors found that vacation-home buyers as a share of all U.S. homebuyers declined for…
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